Morgan Tsvangirai urges Zimbabweans to reject new local bank notes

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader has in a video urged Zimbabweans to reject the new notes.

FILE: Zimbabwean opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai. Picture: AFP.

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has urged Zimbabweans to reject new local bank notes expected to be printed by July.

In a video message posted to social media last night, Tsvangirai says the bond notes, as they're called, will return Zimbabwe to empty shops and chaos.

Tsvangirai says Zimbabweans remember a time when they were poor trillionaires.

WATCH: Morgan Tsvangirai warns Zimbabweans against new bank notes.

Zimbabwe's Central Bank governor last week said he planned to issue new bank notes in denominations of up to $20 in the next two months to stimulate exports.

But Tsvangirai warns the notes will be used to pay civil servants.

He says they'll be unusable in the informal sector where most Zimbabweans work.